The Scott Coker affect is in full effect.
"No" UFC? No problem.
After competing overseas for the last two years, Paul Daley will make his way back stateside later this year, as "Semtex" announced on "The MMA Hour" earlier today (July 21, 2014) that he has inked a deal with Bellator MMA.
And it's all thanks to newly-appointed president of the Viacom-owned mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, Scott Coker; a guy Daley knows very well, having competed for him four times before during his time as head cheese for the now-defunct Strikeforce organization.
A very excited Daley offered up these details:
"After months of rumors of me returning to the states with a large American promotion I finally sealed the deal. My man Scott Coker and the man Mike Kogan, being an advisor and a big shout out to and "King Mo, as well, I'm returning to Bellator and working with Scott Coker. He's a terrific guy when I was there with him in Strikeforce. I'll be headed back this year over to Bellator and I'll be smashing some heads and knocking some people out. I'll be coming for Douglas Lima, even though Douglas Lima is a cool guy, I'm coming after him, I want the belt."
No exact date was given or Daley's return; however, he already has a fight scheduled for Sept. 13, 2014, under the BAMMA umbrella, a fight Daley says Coker will attend. Furthermore, Daley says once he completes his duties for BAMMA, he will likely be exclusive to Bellator, though he was careful to not reveal further details at the moment.
Daley hopes his new bosses will allow him to fulfill his commitments to K-1 and allow him to continue his kickboxing aspirations, too. His return to Bellator will signal his first fight on U.S. soil since Feb. 2013, which just so happens to be his first and only fight under the Bellator banner -- a first-round technical knockout win over Rudy Bears at Bellator 72.
The only thing that will prevent "Semtex" from competing stateside are his ongoing visa issues, though the British brawler is confident he will get them taken care of with the help of his new employers.
Those issues, though, weren't the only thing holding Daley back from fighting for Bellator during Bjorn Rebney's reign as the boss, as "Semtex" revealed that Rebney didn't like him too much. But, with Coker at the head of the table now, Daley gets another shot to make a splash in America.
Bellator also announced the signing of hard-hitting knockout (KO) artist Melvin Manhoef to a contract, another former Strikeforce employee of Coker's who has been competing overseas for the past three years. It's an exciting move that will definitely bolster the promotion's 185-pound division.
The latest signings are all a part of Coker's "big" plans -- such as this -- for Bellator.